Harry H. Peck
MEDINA — The Medina softball team put up two big innings offensively and got seven innings of shutout pitching Wednesday to beat Wooster 7-0 in a Barberton Division I Sectional final.
The top-seeded Bees (21-4) will play fifth-seeded Brunswick in a district semifinal Monday at the Barberton Sports Complex.
“We started a little slowly but worked well with two outs,” Medina coach Jessica Toocheck said.
That included a two-run second inning. With two out, Alana Lawrence looped a fly ball to right that could have been caught but fell. That was followed by a run-scoring double from Abby Yates and an RBI single by Catherine Stossel for a 2-0 lead.
Wooster (7-16) had a chance to get on the board in the third when Ella Buzzerd doubled and tried to score on a single to right by Avery Becker, but Stossel threw to Lawrence, whose relay to catcher Claire Rambo ended the inning.
The game settled into a pitcher’s duel, as those two hits were the only ones allowed by Medina starter Caitlin Dunlap (10-2), who walked none and struck out eight over five innings.
“It was a mix of pitches and off-speed stuff that kept them off balance,” Dunlap said. “It was a good team win. Lots of players contributed.”
Other than the second inning, Wooster sophomore Taryn Welty (5-9) matched zeros on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth.
An infield hit by Alexa Nau, a single by Rambo and walk by Anna Aquino loaded the bases. Sam Masi, Medina’s cleanup hitter, promptly unloaded them with a long blast over the left-center field fence to make it 6-0.
“It was an outside pitch,” Masi said. “It felt great, and it’s always nice to know you have the support of your teammates.”
Dunlap exited after five innings and was relieved by sophomore Kylie Hosey, who took care of business in the sixth and seventh while facing only seven batters. Wooster’s only baserunner reached on an outfield error.
Medina added a seventh run in its half of the sixth. Stossel was hit by a pitch leading off, and a pair of groundouts and a wild pitch paired with aggressive baserunning allowed the Bees to score without a hit.
“These kids are learning to compete,” Wooster coach Rich Siegenthaler said of his young squad. “We’re still working on fundamentals. You can’t afford errors with the hitters Medina has, but we’re trying to build a culture in Wooster.”
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Medina 7, Wooster 0
Barberton Division I Sectional Final
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WP — Caitlin Dunlap (10-2) 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts. LP — Taryn Welty (5-9) 4 innings, 6 runs, 6 earned, 9 hits, walk. Wooster (7-16). Medina (21-4) — Anna Aquino double, triple, walk; Sam Masi grand slam; Abby Yates double, RBI,